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2016 Oregon State Field Day Report

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Alec Kowalewski, Ph.D Turfgrass Specialist at Oregon State University would like to share the proceedings from the 2016 OSU Turfgrass Field Day that took place on September 8th at the Lewis Brown Research Farm in Corvallis, Oregon. Click Below to view full report. 2016-field-day-proceedings-sept-8-2016  

2016 Crew Tournament Recap

Thank you to the 224 golfers and multiple volunteers that came out to Arrowhead on Tuesday for the 35th Annual OGCSA Crew Tournament. This year’s event definitely upheld its reputation as one of the best events of the year. Congratulations to Heron Lakes #2 and Portland CC #2 for taking 1st and 2nd in the gross competition. These two […]

NTA Donates Nearly $50,000 Toward Research

  The Northwest Turfgrass Association donated nearly $50,000 to worthy turfgrass research and education programs in 2016 as it continues to be a leading benefactor for the golf industry in the Northwest. The total in grants awarded in 2016 was $49,560.34. It didn’t reach the $61,000 awarded in 2015, but was substantially higher than the […]

Presidents Message – August 2016

I would first like to thank the Membership and the Board of Directors of the Oregon Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) for selecting me as this year’s president. I would further like to thank Russell Vandehey, CGCS and Mike Turner, CGCS for their service to the association. Additionally, I would […]

2015 OSU Turf Program Report

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Annual Report Oregon State University Turfgrass Program Alec Kowalewski, Ph.D. Turfgrass Specialist (541)737-5449 Staffing: Current team members: Alec Kowalewski, Turfgrass Specialist and Brian McDonald, Senior Faculty Research Assistant General Turf Program Comments: The two permanent members of the OSU turf program include Turfgrass Specialist Alec Kowalewski and Senior Faculty Research Assistant Brian McDonald. In […]

ODA finds big problems with little organisms……

This information was sent out in a press release from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.   ODA finds big problems with little organisms Fertilizer Program finds claims made for microbiological products aren‘t always met June 1, 2016… Although a product may promise special ingredients, would you be willing to pay $150 if you knew all it […]

2016 Annual Meeting Recap

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The OGCSA Annual Meeting was held at the Willamette Valley Country Club on Wednesday 25th. The day was started with speaker Jack Holpuch, Associate Director of Development in the College of Agricultural Sciences for OSU Foundation. Jack gave a historical overview on how the OSU professor endowment was created and how Brian McDonalds Turf Technician […]

Chuck Wolsborn in April issue of GCM

Chuck Wolsborn has been in involved in GCSAA’s Government Affairs for sometime and is also a Grassroots Ambassador for the Oregon Chapter GCSA.  Read Chuck’s article and learn more about these programs and the work he is doing and how you can also get involved.

EIFG ~ Rounds 4 Research Wrap up

Imagine the functionality of today’s golf courses or the ability to manage them in an economically viable manner if there were no resources to fuel innovation, address challenges brought on by Mother Nature or respond to regulatory pressures. The absence of ongoing university-based research, education, advocacy programs and course operation resources threatens the ability of […]



In 2014, Brian McDonald was awarded the industry funded OSU Turf Technician position ($75,000 per year) provided by the following donors: Oregon Turfgrass Foundation, Oregon Golf Course Superintendents Association, Oregon Golf Association (for a combined $50,000 annually), Bandon Dunes Resort ($10,000 annually), Turf Merchants, Inc. ($10,000 annually), and Pure Seed Testing, Inc. ($5,000 annually). The […]

OGCSA Selects New Executive Director

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The Oregon Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (OGCSA) has hired Alexis Wenker to replace the retiring Linda Whitworth as the executive director.  Linda has agreed to stay on until January 21st, helping Alexis transition into the new office. Alexis has a long history with the golf in Oregon, with over 16 years’ […]

President’s Message—12.30.15

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Greetings all, I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays so far. I can’t believe the years end is upon us. At times, it seemed like the record setting seasons of heat, and now precipitation, would never end yet here we are ready to welcome in 2016. Despite my lack of communication to our membership, the […]